Putting your St George home on the market comes with its own stresses. Your “to do” list can be long. Make needed repairs right away. Store your extra stuff to make sure your home looks top notch. Decide on an appropriate listing price. Knowing what to do is only half the battle. Knowing what not to do can be equally important. Here is a list of the top three “don’ts” when selling your St George home.
Top 3 “Don’ts” When Selling Your St George Home
#1 – Don’t Limit Your Showings
When it comes to selling your St George home, the first two weeks it is listed prove to be the most crucial. That’s why you don’t want to limit how many showings your St George REALTOR@ sets up for you. Keep your home show-ready at all times. That way, you only need to pick up your family and leave when your REALTOR@ gives you the “heads up”. That’s right. Don’t stick around for the showing. Buyers need to feel comfortable enough to honestly critique your property. Owners that hover may unconsciously create a feeling of unease for the buyer, turning them off from purchasing your property.
#2 – Don’t Conceal Information on Disclosure Form
In Utah, sellers are required to fill out a Seller’s Property Condition Disclosure (SPCD) form. If your St George home was built before 1978, you are required to tell buyers that there is a potential of lead-based paint use on the property. You don’t have to do any testing for it. However, you do need to inform the buyer that the potential is there. What they do with this information is up to them. Also, Utah law requires sellers to tell buyers if they know of any methamphetamine usage, manufacture or storage on the property at any time. If you don’t know, it is perfectly acceptable to say that you don’t know. Be as honest as possible when filling out the SPCD form. Knowingly concealing information in order to entice buyers could result in a lawsuit against you down the road. The only things you do not need to disclose are whether or not anyone died on the property (through suicide, homicide or natural causes) or if anyone with HIV or AIDS lived on the property.
#3 – Don’t Ignore the Importance of Preparing Your St George Home for Photos
Every year, more and more buyers turn to the internet first when beginning their home search. That means that the quality of your home’s photos should be a top priority. It’s hard to hide dirt, stains, and crowded rooms in photographs. The photographic lens picks up everything. Clean your St George home from top to bottom and have it staged BEFORE you have your photos taken if you want to bring more people to your door and fetch top dollar offers.
Keep these top three “don’ts” in mind when selling your St George home. They can help reduce your stress at sale time. Plus, you’ll get your home sold much more quickly and for more money than if you ignore these helpful tips. Contact me when you’re ready to put your home on the market.